Perennial Flooding: Warri Roads Present Huge Challenges To Motorists And Residents, Okowa’s Help Called For
The Oasis Reporters
June 22, 2022
By Aloysius Okerieke, Warri
Torrential rainfall being continually experienced in Delta State’s commercial capital city, Warri has tended to be a major disrupter of economic activities leading to the loss of millions of naira daily.
Citizens of Warri metropolis and its environs have bemoaned the flooding that is now apparent in the city, coupled with the problem of city roads becoming impassable.
Late evening television news monitored in Warri showed residents expressing their frustration while calling on the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to fix the flooding problem to the best of his ability before his administration winds up in 2023. Okowa is People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s pick as running mate for the election coming up next year.
“Let the governor fix the deplorable state of some of our roads in this oil rich city of Warri as a legacy we can remember him by, before leaving office”, says Philip Tuedor, a trader in Igbudu market to our correspondent in the area.
“We appreciate the fact that Warri is low lying in the heart of the rainforest belt. But so are cities in the Netherlands. Our politicians visit Europe like people going to their backyard. Can’t they copy the good things they see abroad and adapt it for our use here? Netherlands is low lying, yet living is glorious there despite all the rainfall and water “, continued Mr. Tuedor.
Notable amongst such roads that call for urgent attention are NNPC Housing Complex Road, Ekpan, Sokoh Estate road, Effurun, parts of Airport road linking Okumagba estate roundabout, 1st and 2nd Marine gate roads, Etuwewe road off Deco road, Okorodudu/ Enerhen road, Enerhen junction- Enerhen Motel, Afiesere Junction and Otowodo junctions in Ughelli, Jakpa road/Ekpan roundabout and Uti street just to mention but a few.
“Residents cannot move around as vehicles and tricycles are most times stuck in the potholes or flooded areas”, Uti Opia, a resident of Jakpa Road said, while bemoaning the suffering they experience in this season.